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CROSSWAYS
 crosswaysnewsletter@hotmail.co.uk                  February 2010              Edition 361             25p where sold

Popular clergyman mourned
TRIBUTES have been             row until his retirement in      than 20 years and
paid to a former curate        1995.                            after retirement
who has died aged 80.             Joe Prest paid tribute        continued his vol-
   Canon Ronald Corker,        to the former curate say-        untary work at
curate at St Paul’s and        ing: “I fondly remember          the cathedral and
Whitworth Church from          Ronald’s time with us. He        was a familiar
1954 to 1958, passed           was well respected and a         face greeting visi-
away after a recent illness    truly decent man.                tors on a Friday.
on January 18.                    “Everyone liked him              Canon Corker
   After serving his title     and he did a very good           was widowed and
in Spennymoor, Canon           job during his time with         leaves       three
Corker went on minister        us - he was a genuinely          daughters.     His
in Dunston, Willington         nice chap.”                      funeral took place
and      Sunnybrow, St            Canon Corker com-             at St Mark’s and
Cuthbert’s Billingham          bined his parish work            Cuthbert’s
                                                                                               ABOVE: Canon Corker at
and as Rural Dean of           alongside his role as vol-       Church in South Shields        the 50th anniversary cele-
Stockton, before becom-        untary chaplain at Dur-          on January 26, followed        brations at St Paul’s in
ing Team Rector of Jar-        ham Cathedral for more           by cremation.                  2006

                                                               Church hall redevelopment
                                                               finally underway
                                                               and will create a centre         for hire and it is hoped in
                                                               that is right at the heart of    the near future a commu-
                                                               the community, bringing          nity cinema.
                                                               a much needed social en-            The initial redevelop-
                                                               vironment for local resi-        ment would have seen a
                                                               dents and place for young        second storey added and a
                                                               people to make as their          complete external facelift,
                                                               own.                             but a funding blow just
                                                                   New facilities will in-      weeks before the building
                                                               clude a youth chill out          work was due to start
The Revd Lynda Gough and church hall manager Tony Kirkup       room, community café             meant the project had to
EIGHTEEN months after         got underway in January.         open daily, corporate ca-        be scaled back.
planning permission was          The 12-week project           tering for weddings and             The Parochial Church
granted to redevelop St       will see a complete refur-       functions in pleasant new        Council would like to
Paul’s Church Hall, work      bishment of the interior         surroundings, a large hall           (continued on page 2)
                                                             SAINT PAUL’S CHURCH
   PARISH                                              Sundays: 8am Holy Communion (BCP)
                                10am Sung Eucharist (Communion Service for All Ages on the first Sunday of every month)
                                6pm Thanksgiving and Remembrance Service (First Sunday in February, May and August)
 CHURCH                              Tuesdays: 7pm Holy Communion : Wednesdays: 9.30am Holy Communion
                                                  Fridays: 10-11.30am Play Church (During term time)
                                                             WHITWORTH CHURCH
SERVICES                                                 Sundays: 9am Holy Communion
                                          (Communion Service for All Ages on the first Sunday of every month)
February 2010                                                                                                                                             Page 2

             CLERGY                               CHURCHWARDENS                                                     CROSSWAYS EDITOR
  Revd Lynda Gough - 815471                              Saint Paul’s                                                  Christopher Luke
          ‘The Vicarage’                          Christopher Luke: 815957                                       Copy deadline for March edition
 30/31 Jubilee Close, Spennymoor                    Greta Taylor: 816517                                           Wednesday 24 February
                                                     Whitworth Church
     Revd Alison Richardson                       Verna McEneny: 817824                                Newsletter Secretary Jean Chicken: 814188
             814277                                Linda Crowe: 815252                                 Parish Hall Bookings Tony Kirkup: 816173



                                            Wintry weather disrupts services
                                            DESPITE the best ef-                        cut off, forcing the can-                         The wardens from
                                            forts of many people,                       cellation of its 9am                           both churches would
                                            Whitworth Church and                        Sunday service for two                         like to thank everyone
                                            St Paul’s both fell vic-                    consecutive weeks.                             for their patience and
                                            tim to the severe winter                        St Paul’s Church                           understanding during
                                            weather which gripped                       faired a little better,                        the past few weeks and
                                            the whole of the UK in                      with just one service                          are extremely grateful
                                            January.                                    cancelled during the                           to those who helped
                                               With unprecedented                       entire cold snap, with                         out in whatever way
                                            levels of snowfall, the                     some others taking                             throughout what has
                                            remote Whitworth                            place in a reduced for-                        been a very testing
                                            Church was virtually                        mat.                                           time.
                                            LEFT: Tony Kirkup, deputy churchwarden at St Paul’s shovelling snow

Church hall redevelopment
finally underway
                                                                                NEWS IN BRIEF
                                                                               USPG Lent collection boxes are now available from
continued from page 1
                                                                               both churches. All money collected will go towards the
thank those funders who         ings and equipment is                          charity’s work in some of the most deprived areas across
have backed the project         asked to contact the Revd                      the world.
including Sedgefield Bor-       Lynda Gough on 815471
ough Council (now Dur-          - all donations would be                       THANK you to everyone who supported Christian Aid’s
ham County Council) for         gratefully received.                           recent appeal to raise much needed funds for the people
a grant from LIP, Be En-        • For health and safety                        of Haiti following the devastating earthquake which hit
terprising, The Cloth-          reasons, access to the                         the country in January. Donors can be assured that all
workers’, Trusthouse and        church hall during the                         money raised from the appeal will make a real difference.
Garfield Weston founda-         building work is strictly
tions and Lankelly Chase.       prohibited and no-one is                       NORMA Downs would like to thank people for their do-
   Any individuals or           allowed onsite unless                          nations towards the cost of Christmas flowers at St Paul’s
local companies who             accompanied by a mem-                          Church. The PCC would like to express its gratitude to
would like to donate to-        ber of the construction                        Norma and all of the flower team for their dedication and
wards additional furnish-       team.                                          hard work throughout the year in making the Church look
                                                                               so beautiful with their creations.

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                                               Shared Ministry: How does it work?
                                               By the Revd Lynda Gough
                                               I’m sure we wandered               sacred centre of our life.     and then drew up a policy
                                               past the same clearing             As the prophet Isaiah tells    document for an SMDT.
                                               several times before we            us, ‘Whether you turn to       This has been agreed by
                                               found our way through.             the right or to the left,      the PCC. A copy of the
                                               If one of us had been able         your ears will hear a          policy is available at the
                                               to climb to the top of a           voice behind you saying,       back of St Paul’s Church.
                                               tree, we could have                “This is the way; walk in      At the heart of any policy
                                               glimpsed the whole pic-            it.” (Isaiah 30:21)            is the fundamental princi-
I REMEMBER going for                           ture, the whole forest laid            The SMDT works             ple that leadership and
a walk in woods in North-                      out, and understood                alongside the PCC to           responsibility for the
umberland with a couple                        where we were.                     prayerfully consider as-       Church’s ministry and
of good friends. The                               A Shared Ministry De-          pects of our worship,          mission is shared by all
ground was carpeted with                       velopment Team (SMDT)              ministry and mission; and      its members.
bluebells in the green-                        meets regularly to pray            help to discern both               The next step for us
tinted light of a spring sun                   together, discover Scrip-          where we are now and           will be to select the mem-
struggling through the                         ture together, and grow            where God is leading us.       bers of our first SMDT –
canopy of young leaves.                        together in faith and disci-       The SMDT can only              which everyone is en-
Deep into the forest we                        pleship. It meets to help          make recommendations.          couraged to participate in.
knew we were lost, too                         the whole Church under-            The PCC is still legally       The bishop will then
busy talking to notice the                     stand where we are, and            responsible for the            come to a Sunday morn-
way we’d walked. We                            take a strategic overview          church.                        ing service in the autumn
tried retracing our steps,                     of the life of the Church              A sub-committee of St      to commission us a
but the pathway divided                        and the choice of path-            Paul’s PCC met with the        Shared Ministry Parish.
again and again in differ-                     ways before us. It meets           Revd. Judy Hirst, Shared           In next month’s edi-
ent directions. The                            to help us all grow to-            Ministry Development           tion of Crossways: How
choices were confusing.                        gether, with Christ as the         Officer for the Diocese,       do we select our SMDT?

Tributes to Revd Bill Scott                                                       thing must have attracted
                                                                                  Mary - because it was
                                                                                                                     The Bishop of Jarrow
                                                                                                                 opened the service with a
THE Revd Bill Scott,                           the Rectory was full of            through the cycling club       tribute to Bill in which he
former priest-in-charge of                     the evidence of two of his         that they met. He also         recalled coming to lead
St Peter’s Church, Byers                       great passions - the icons         mentioned that Bill had        Holy Week in St Peter's a
Green, passed away                             he painted and the photo-          always wanted to be a          couple of years ago. He
peacefully after a long                        graphs he took. He won             Butlins Redcoat - dress-       had been impressed with
illness on Monday 11                           the hearts of his people           ing up, standing in front      how much people in
January.                                       and will be remembered             of people, and helping         Byers Green loved Bill
    The Revd Lynda                             with deep affection.”              people to feel good about      and Mary and how much
Gough joined in the trib-                         Bill’s funeral service          themselves. Instead he         Bill and Mary loved
utes saying: “Bill was a                       was taken by longstand-            became a Vicar - dressing      them.
dedicated and committed                        ing friend and colleague           up, standing in front of           In the words of St
pastor to his people. He                       The Revd Kevin Dunne -             people, and helping peo-       Paul, ‘I thank my God
gave all he had to his                         who spoke entertainingly           ple to feel good about         with every remembrance
ministry, and beyond to                        about their many holidays          themselves.                    of you’. (Philippians 1:3).
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February 2010                                                                                                                                  Page 4


                                                                          FOR YOUR PRAYERS
Parish Registers
                                                                          • For the people of Haiti:
CHRISTIAN FUNERALS                                                        - For comfort and healing in their
St Paul’s                                                                 grief and loss.
8 January      Margaret Storey (94)                                       - For the relief agencies and their
18 January     Thomas Lionel Glaister (95)                                workers.
28 January     Baby Harry Allan Vickery (20 minutes old)                  - For the rebuilding of the infrastruc-
                                                                          ture.
Whitworth Church                                                          - For generous hearts to send the financial help needed.
22 January       David Franks (73 years)
Durham Crematorium                                                        • For all those who help to make our churches uplifting
13 January       Ronald George Nichols (77)                               places to worship together: The cleaning teams, the
                                                                          flower arrangers, the vergers, Organists and Choir,
Coundon Crematorium                                                       those who read and lead prayers.
25 January       Peter Watson Ward (71 years)
Rock Road Cemetery                                                        • For all those adults taking part in ALPHA and Confir-
28 January       Leslie Stanley Sayers (79)                               mation preparation – and Don, Judith, Julie as leaders.

                                                                          • The refurbishment of the church hall - and continued
Search on for health                                                      fund raising efforts for this and Whitworth’s organ.

and safety officer                                                        • For the new Play Church on Friday mornings and its
                                                                          leaders Alison, Steph and Nikki.
TO ensure St Paul’s Church remains fully compliant
with health and safety legislation, the parochial church                               PRAYER FOR FEBRUARY
council is looking to appoint a new health and safety
officer. The role will involve making sure the Church is                    Almighty God, as we move into the season of Lent, we
adhering to its responsibilities and no previous experi-                    lay our lives before you and ask that you cleanse us of
ence is necessary as full help will be available. For more                 all our sins and guide us faithfully on our journey - wher-
information, please speak to the Revd Lynda Gough.                                        ever that may lead us. Amen.


Parish retreat to Minsteracres
FOLLOWING the success of last autumn’s parish re-
                                                                          NEWS IN BRIEF
treat, a return visit is planned for this September.                      A SERVICE of Holy Communion for Ash Wednesday
    Minsteracres retreat house in Northumberland is set                   will take place on Wednesday 17 February at 7pm at St
in 90 acres of lawns, parks and woodland and is the per-                  Paul’s Church. The Churches Together Lent Course will
fect place for peace and tranquillity.                                    be held every Wednesday evening during Lent across the
    The retreat will be led by the Revd Mike Dent on                      churches. A programme will be available in Church from
the experience and meaning of prayer and will take                        Monday 1 February, or contact the Revd Lynda Gough
place from the evening of Friday 17 until Sunday 19                       on 815471.
September at a cost £88 per person - including three
meals a day and refreshments.                                             A SPRING dance will take place on Saturday 20 Febru-
    Booking forms are now available in Church.                            ary at Tudhoe Victory Club. Tickets £4 (816527).

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